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The session types and other information will be helpful to you as you shape your presentation submission. Please review the details below before submitting your presentation proposal. 

Session Types | Selection Criteria | Acceptance | Timeline | AV & Media | Presentation Repository | Vendor Presentation Policy

Session Types

The conference provides several session types:

1. Conversations that Work

These 45-minute, small table facilitated conversations should propose an issue, challenge, or idea pertinent to the conference topics to discuss with participants. Presenters should be able to bring about a few key points to lead the discussion around this topic; however facilitation and shared exploration by the group is strongly encouraged for this interactive session. The audience will participate to help solve the dilemma or explore the topic you present. Your proposal should suggest the conversation topic and engaging questions for discussion.

2. Education Sessions

To inform and educate your audience, proposals will include a 45-minute presentation in which you share information related to one of the conference proposal tracks. Each presentation should include at least 5-10 minutes for questions, answers, and discussion with the audience within the 45-minute education session.

3. Emerging Ideas

These Emerging Ideas Sessions may include a brief (10-15 minutes maximum, repeated to attendees over a 45 minute time period) electronic presentation to elicit ideas from your peers. These digital submissions can include works in progress, research ideas, collaboration opportunities, or pilot projects. It’s a great opportunity to present your ideas to your peers in a community forum during a refreshment/networking break.

We will provide a small table for your laptop and power to the table. You will also have wireless Internet access, so that should an attendee want to delve further into your session topic with you, websites and other information can be easily accessed by you.

4. Innovation Labs

These labs are designed to highlight applied teaching, learning, management, and research for learning, all within an active learning space, design studio and collaborative makerspace.  Encompassing the spirit of an education session, a conversation and a hands-on demo, the Innovation Labs sessions should be comprised of the following segments:

  • Discussion: a 5-minute facilitated, quick-start conversation to kick off the lab session

    • i.e. – The facilitator asks those present in the lab how they actively engage learners in the instructional process.  

  • Demonstration: a 20-minute presentation or interactive demo

    • i.e. – The facilitator shares a brief overview of a few active learning strategy examples and splits the participants into Jigsaw teams to provide guided examples of what each of these strategies looks like.

  • Innovation: a 20-minute lab session for participants to process, discuss and apply the concepts and practices shared

    • i.e. – Teams present findings and reflect on practical application in their own instructional context.

These focused “show and tell” sessions will highlight a specific pedagogical strategy, technological tool, research method, design-thinking, industry innovation, or leadership approach designed for participants to learn more about, experiment with, and implement immediately for all skill levels.  Presenters are encouraged to leave participants with a takeaway, which could be a tangible resource or even a call to action.

5. Research Highlights & Trends in Innovation

Proposals provide authors the opportunity to present their original work related to the broad theme of innovation related to the conference program proposal tracks. Proposals must be on a completed or well-developed project. Proposals must contain sufficient information regarding the research problem, research question, methodology and potential results for the review committee to ascertain relevance to the conference program and to future practice or research with the corresponding track. Full papers must be submitted no later than January 31, 2016.  All full paper submissions may be eligible for publication in the conference proceedings and/or special issue of the Online Learning Journal. These manuscripts must be original (= not published or accepted in a journal or conference proceedings and currently not under consideration for publication elsewhere). Please be sure to upload your full paper in MSWord (.doc or .docx) format as an attachment to your EDAS submission prior to the Jan 31, 2016 deadline.

  • Proposal Length: 1 page
  • Submission Length: min 10 pages
  • Submission GuidelinesOnline Learning Journal
  • Proposals, including the supporting paper, will be blind reviewed
  • Presentation Format: If selected, the author(s) will be invited to given the opportunity to present a 15-minute oral presentation with two other researchers in a 45-minute moderated research presentation session. Each researcher will be given 10 minutes to present their scholarship followed by a 5 minute Q & A period. These papers will provide insights, ideas, methods, and frameworks for research innovation.

6. Workshops

Design an interactive 90-minute workshop to engage a group of participants in relation to one of the conference tracks. Workshops should be designed with specific, identifiable learning outcomes with in-class opportunities to support collaborative and/or interactive group activities. Presenters must provide an opportunity for questions, answers, and/or whole group discussion within the course of the workshop and must describe how this element will be used to best engage participants. Workshops should provide participants with tangible “take-away” information, models, and/or products and should be a more in-depth look into technological tools available in a shorter Information Session. Please develop a minimum of 2-4 learning objectives for your participants. These should be clear and measurable outcomes for the 90-minute workshop learning experience.

Workshops are offered free to all participants, who must sign up to attend in advance of the workshop. Workshop content should be designated as suitable either to Novice, Intermediate, Expert, or All in the topic area to be presented. Please note that computers are not provided for this or any session at OLC Innovate; therefore, all sessions are designated at BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Each presenter must bring his own laptop/device and must specify what device requirements are expected of participants attending the workshop.The program committee also reserves the right to change the presentation type from the type originally requested by the presenter in order to encourage more participation.

Selection Criteria

The following rubric will be used to evaluate all proposals in the refereed proposal review process.

  • Do the title and abstract clearly describe the session?
  • Is the proposed topic timely and/or appropriate?
  • What are the session outcomes?
  • Will this session positively contribute to the conference and to the field?
  • Are the format and session type selected for the presentation the most appropriate to the topic and format of the presentation?
  • Is the session designed to be interactive and engage the audience?
  • Are you sharing research data or assessment information during the session?

Specific Criteria:

  • Relevance to the conference
  • Clarity
  • Audience Appeal

During the review process, reviewers are also asked to indicate whether or not your proposal meets Effective Practice criteria and would be a good candidate for EP submission. We encourage, but do not require, Effective Practice submissions from conference presenters.  EP submissions from conference presenters will be eligible for Effective Practice Awards selection; awards will be presented onsite at the conference. With regard to effective practices, reviewers will consider proposals in light of this question:

  • Does this proposal include all 5 of the following elements: innovation, replicability, impact, evidence and scope?


If your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to:

  • Register for the conference and pay the published fees
  • Edit all materials used in your session
  • Transmit your PowerPoint Slides, Handout (PDF files), data charts, or other presentation materials to the conference repository by the deadline of April 1, 2016
  • If your presentation is a research paper, you will be expected to submit a paper for the conference proceedings. Research submissions will also be eligible for consideration to be included in a special issue from the Online Learning Journal.


  • Proposals due by December 2, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance by January 20, 2016
  • Deadline for presenters to accept is February 3, 2016
  • Deadline for presenters to register is February 29, 2016
  • Final date for presenters to edit abstracts is February 29, 2016
  • Final presentation upload date is April 1, 2016

AV & Media

Note: The following standard audiovisual equipment will be provided in each room: data projector equipped with a universal VGA cable to accommodate both PC and Macintosh platforms, an Internet connection, and a screen. Overhead projectors and TV/VCR units will be made available upon request. (Note: Presenters should plan to provide their own computer equipment or other specialized equipment).  Microphones will be supplied as needed in larger rooms.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a field on the submission form for special A/V and/or media needs, however, this could result in extra fees billed to you.

Presentation Repository

If your presentation is accepted, you are strongly encouraged to post it as a pdf or PowerPoint file to the presentation repository by April 1, 2016. The contributions will remain online as part of the conference materials after the conference. You will be notified of the presentation repository site at a later date by the conference management team. Session abstracts and information about the presenters also will be included on the site.

IMPORTANT: In order to post your final presentation to the conference website, you will need an account on onlinelearningconsortium.org. You can create your (free) user account at any time. Presenters will be provided instructions on how to upload their presentation materials at a later date (after acceptance of proposals).

Vendor Presentation Policy

Companies and vendors provide value to OLC Conferences through program presentations, exhibits and sponsorships.  Vendors may submit presentations in any of the program tracks or presentation formats:

  1. Academic Presentations:
  • Vendors are encouraged to submit with institutional partners, but any individual or group may submit papers to the traditional academic presentation track for presentation. Presentations must be non-commercial, and focus specifically on the track topics.  Presentation content will be reviewed by the conference committee as part of the regular review process.   Presentations must contribute new knowledge to the field through the presentation of original research or applications.  Presentations of an academic nature should be submitted through the call for papers system.
  • Vendors will be limited to one proposal where they lead the presentation.
  1. Solutions Showcase Presentations:
  • Solutions Showcase presentations are established as part of the conference program schedule to allow sponsors/exhibitors to make presentations on their products and services during the conference.
  • Solutions Showcase presentations may include submissions to the CFP system that are moved from academic tracks in the CFP system to the Solutions Showcase schedule at the recommendation of the Program co-chairs
  • Solutions Showcase proposals from sponsors and exhibitors may be submitted through our Solutions Showcase form as part of the sponsorship/exhibit process. Showcase proposals will be reviewed by the Director, Conferences, and conference chairs for approval of content.
  • National and Gold sponsors are guaranteed a Solutions Showcase presentation slot. Remaining Solutions Showcase slots are assigned to sponsors by level,  then to exhibitors in the order exhibit contracts were received, and finally to non-sponsor/exhibitor companies on a space-available basis.
  • These sessions are distinctly marked as Solutions Showcase presentations in conference materials including the program book, website and room signage.
  • Conference program materials include language that these presentations should be expected to include some sales promotional language in them. These sessions are clearly marked as sessions that have not been peer-reviewed.